Species–area relationships and biodiversity loss in fragmented landscapes

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Title: Species–area relationships and biodiversity loss in fragmented landscapes
Author(s): Chisholm, RA
Lim, F
Yeoh, YS
Seah, WW
Condit, R
Rosindell, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: To estimate species loss from habitat destruction, ecologists typically use species–area relationships, but this approach neglects the spatial pattern of habitat fragmentation. Here we provide new, easily applied, analytical methods that place upper and lower bounds on immediate species loss at any spatial scale and for any spatial pattern of habitat loss. Our formulas are expressed in terms of what we name the “Preston function”, which describes tri-phasic species¬–area relationships for contiguous regions. We apply our method to case studies of deforestation and tropical tree species loss at three different scales: a 50 ha forest plot in Panama, the tropical city-state of Singapore, and the Brazilian Amazon. Our results show that immediate species loss is somewhat insensitive to fragmentation pattern at small scales but highly sensitive at larger scales: predicted species loss in the Amazon varies by a factor of 16 across different spatial structures of habitat loss.
Editor(s): He, F
Publication Date: 1-Jun-2018
Date of Acceptance: 13-Feb-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/57454
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12943
ISSN: 1461-023X
Publisher: Wiley
Start Page: 804
End Page: 813
Journal / Book Title: Ecology Letters
Volume: 21
Issue: 6
Copyright Statement: © 2018 The Authors. Ecology Letters published by CNRS and John Wiley & Sons Ltd This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Funder's Grant Number: NE/I021179/1
Keywords: Deforestation
habitat loss
species-area curve
0501 Ecological Applications
0602 Ecology
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-03-30
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Natural Sciences

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